Prodigal Son (Part I)

Will Tommy Garcia rescue Gladwyne’s foundering Peace Mission? Not if Mother Divine has her way.



“Prodigal Son” and “Keys to the Kingdom,” September and October 2010.
In this powerful two-part series, senior writer J.F. Pirro documents the 74-year saga of Gladwyne’s Peace Mission, one of the Main Line’s most mysterious and controversial institutions. Much of the story is told through the eyes of a man who was thought to be a potential successor to its deceased leader, Father Divine. The revelations about the withering cult and its reclusive matriarch are shocking.


[Part 1 of 2. Click here for the conclusion.]

“She is wonderful. She is wonderful. God bless Mother forever.”
 

With the Peace Mission seemingly on its last legs, its picturesque headquarters in Gladwyne is still a sight to see, even if its aging matriarch, Mother Divine, remains largely out of sight. Just when a savior seemed unlikely, a former Peace Mission prodigy has emerged with a plan to resurrect the controversial movement—if only he could get Mom onboard.

A photo of a young Tommy Garcia used in his Peace

Mission recruitment.

Mrs. M.J. “Mother” Divine stands before her 20 visitors in a matching navy-blue overcoat, knit hat and wool pants. Her earmuffs are white, her orthotic shoes an institutional tan. Not that color matters here at Woodmont, the Gladwyne headquarters of the Rev. M.J. “Father” Divine’s International Peace Mission Movement, an interracial religious and social sect that peaked in the 1930s and still worships its founder as God.

The 74-acre Woodmont estate is the dissipating movement’s self-proclaimed “Mount of the House of the Lord.” Beyond its parking lot, which Mr. Leon supervises, a series of solar panels powers the property’s newest structure, a library dedicated to housing Father’s words and wisdom. “We’re going green around here,” says Mr. Roger, another Peace Mission “brother.”

With a date-stone that reads 2009 A.D.F.D. (Anno Domini Father Divine), the library is one of two Peace Mission shrines. Father is buried in a reported $300,000-$500,000 mausoleum in the shadows of the striking 1892 Gothic manor house built by Alan Wood Jr. Perched high above what were once Wood’s steel mills in Conshohocken, Woodmont was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998. Near the bronze plaque indicating as much, a matching smaller one simply reads, “Peace.”

“No snow is falling on us,” says Mother privately but within earshot, her eyes but horizontal slits recessed in a puffy face. “It’s a beautiful sky. It’s good to get out of the house.”

Then, as if on cue, Mother greets the participants in Woodmont’s Winter Trek, a long-standing public walking tour of the grounds. Her voice elevates a notch: “Peace, everyone. Welcome. Thank God for this beautiful day. Let’s first go over here and take a good look at Conshohocken.”

With a female follower on each arm—one black, one white—Mother makes her way up the embankment of Montgomery County’s highest peak as another follower fawns over her: “Peace, Mother dear.”

But that’s as far as Mother Divine gets this February morning. For the first time in more than 30 years, she won’t be leading the tour. Yvette Calm will. When approached on her retreat to the manor house, Mother immediately consents to an interview at the mere mention of discussing Father Divine and Woodmont. “I can talk to you right now,” she says, her eyes widening, her mouth forming a smile harmonious with her kingdom name, Sweet Angel.

But almost instantly, the request—like others before and since for this story—is quashed by her entourage. “Later, after the walk,” several say in unison.

Now in her mid-80s, Mother Divine has lived an extraordinarily public life. But as her physical and mental health has deteriorated, she’s been carefully coddled and guarded. Her receding public persona raises questions—suspicions even—about the Peace Mission’s intentional community (sociological lingo for a cult) and about Woodmont, also the spiritual headquarters for Palace Mission, Inc., one of the movement’s incorporated churches. Even so, the estate remains free and open to public tours on Sunday afternoons from April through October.

Father Divine died in 1965. His death is the impetus behind the group’s annual “Holy Days” open house held Sept. 10-12. Yet Peace Mission members continue to live at Woodmont and various Philadelphia outposts with same-sex, “opposite-complected” (Peace Mission speak) roommates. They practice celibacy. Followers say they neither look back nor forward. Ideologically, there’s no past or future. There are no time lines, no seasons. They do not reminisce. Heaven is on Earth—or at least atop the Mount of the House of the Lord.

At the movement’s height, Peace Mission membership was thought to be 2 million, with an estimated 170 “heavens,” or extension settlements. Now, like their aging matriarch, most followers—all of them systematically stripped of family at one point—are in their 80s, 90s or older.

The Peace Mission’s Woodmont headquarters in Gladwyne.

So what happens when Mother Divine lays down her physical body? What lies ahead for the pristine Gladwyne property that Palace Mission communally owns? Who gets whatever millions might remain from the lifetime work and contributions of thousands of converts? When a cult dies, exactly who is left to pick over its carcass? And does its religion survive?

In one way or another, the answers to these questions may well involve 56-year-old Tommy Garcia. Mother Divine has publicly called him “a thorn in her side.” But he’s also a willing savior, despite what 6 ABC conveyed last fall. Though its cameras were turned away at Woodmont’s gates, its story insinuated that Garcia has a lawsuit against the Peace Mission. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Garcia was raised in the movement. And if he’s permitted to return to his childhood home, he has a plan reminiscent of Father Divine’s original outreach efforts—one that could reverse years of social damage and abuse he and other defectors say they’ve experienced.

He’d like to use Woodmont as a hub for launching a foundation for abandoned children—like he once was—and another foundation to bridge the country’s enduring racial divide.

“[Mother Divine’s] cronies and handlers think I’m a threat to the later part of their lives,” says Garcia. “They’re living in a make-believe land of luxury, and they’re scared I’ll take that away. Plus, I know too much, have seen too much—and I talk up a storm.”

 

The office where Garcia first met Father Divine.

In some ways, Tommy Garcia died and went to heaven when he arrived at Woodmont in June 1962. That first day, Father Divine greeted the 8-year-old with a big smile, telling him his real mother and father didn’t want him, but that Father did. Then, he was ushered off with a chauffeur and bodyguard named Happy Love to buy clothes at the King of Prussia Plaza. “Tommy, I’m not God,” Garcia recalls Father Divine telling him. “But these people believe I am—and I don’t want to disappoint them.”

Tommy was enrolled at Gladwyne Elementary School between 1962 and 1965. Judy Bard, his fifth-grade teacher, recalls that he was always dirty and that no one ever came to his parent-teacher conferences. “He was hiding his identity,” Bard says now. “He was driven by limo, but insisted that he was dropped off a few blocks away. In those few blocks, he dirtied his clothes. He didn’t want anyone to know who he was.”

Before long, other kids caught on anyway. They noticed that the rich kid in the limousine had a last name that didn’t jibe with the Gladwyne stereotype. Trouble followed. One day, Tommy bloodied a bully’s nose after the adversary asked if that “ni---r on the top of the hill with the white wife was his daddy.”

The school called Woodmont. Father Divine wouldn’t stand for violence—not in a peace mission. To avoid further harassment, Garcia says, Father directed a high-ranking church officer, Ms. St. Mary Bloom, who sometimes acted as his guardian, to prepare adoption papers (documents that have never surfaced) to officially make Tommy a Divine. But after Father’s death, Mother sent Tommy to the Church Farm School in Exton for seventh and eighth grade from 1966 to ’68. While there, Garcia contacted his biological father, Tomas Guillermo Garcia, in California. He left the mission with Mother’s advice to “learn all you can learn about the outside world, then come home to Woodmont.”

As an adult, Garcia paid his former elementary school teacher a visit—first to her classroom, then to her home. “That night, he told me the story I never knew,” Bard recalls. “But he also wanted to learn about himself. He was trying to piece together his past.”

The way Garcia explains it, Father Divine—then in his mid-80s—had needed a successor to groom. According to him, Father had sent a recruiter to the West Coast to find a “brown, little boy with charisma.” In The New Day, the Peace Mission’s now-defunct weekly newspaper, which last published in 1992, Father spoke of symbolically uniting Canada, the United States and Mexico to form a single borderless continent.

In Garcia’s view, Mother Divine—born Edna Rose Ritchings in Vancouver (which the mission denies, as it does Father’s early life as George Baker Jr., the son of Southern sharecroppers) represented Canada. Father was the United States. Tommy, the offspring of a Greek mother and Mexican father, represented Mexico.

Peace Mission recruiter Louise Schell came upon young Tommy and his birth mother, Georgia Costa Garcia, who was photographing him on Sunset Boulevard just outside Paramahansa Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship Temple in Los Angeles. Photos were sent to Father for approval. Garcia says he later saw them in a safe at Woodmont.

Garcia still recalls Schell’s piercing blue eyes as she convinced Georgia to travel to Philadelphia to escape an abusive, alcoholic husband and father. Within two hours of their arrival at Woodmont, Tommy was separated from his mother and his younger sister, Susy, then 3.

The Peace Mission has a long documented history of separating children from their birth parents, then raising them within the sect under guardianship. Swarthmore’s David Clark, a founding board member of the Recovering Former Cultists’ Support Network, says cults offer “idealistic altruism but, in reality, are very exploitive.”

“Only the leadership benefits,” asserts Clark, an International Cultic Studies Association speaker for two decades now.

Keenly aware of their inherent legal, civil and religious rights, cults orchestrate custodial matters in ways that won’t—and can’t—be legally contested. Sects infiltrate counties or states that are favorable to them, particularly with regard to religious tax exemptions, says Clark.

Other than Father Divine, Tommy was the only one with a private room at Woodmont. It came by request after he claimed he was sexually abused and shot at on the estate the week he arrived. Garcia says he also wore handcrafted suits identical to Father’s. At the Holy Communion Banquet, the mission’s ongoing religious celebration, he sat in a lion’s head chair, the type reserved only for Father and Mother.

But the first time Margaret Faith met Tommy at Woodmont, he was crying in a corner of the kitchen. “No one wants me,” she recalls him saying.

“I made friends with him,” recounts Faith, an octogenarian who lives in an Ardmore apartment and, for decades, was Father’s personal waitress. “We were nice to Tommy. I was very fond of him. But now what I’ve heard [about a lawsuit], I don’t like. He didn’t even get that close to Father—definitely not. There were a lot of different children we were taking care of. In his case, we had no choice. He was brought—dumped, you might say.”

After Tommy left the movement, his sister, Susy, remained with the Peace Mission until 1974. There, she battled drug abuse and endured a longtime consensual teenage sexual relationship with a middle-aged, now-deceased follower. After a subsequent pregnancy and abortion, she was exiled for bad behavior, married at Elvis’ Graceland to a Hollywood dentist, only to be murdered by two strangers in Los Angeles in 1993—a case that was solved in three days. “Her brainwashing had a direct effect on her death,” says Garcia, who considers her mission relationship a molestation. “She was still living in the other world, the only one she ever knew. Susy didn’t have a chance. They stole her soul.”

In 1978, Garcia’s birth mother legally changed her name to Harmony Faith Love. She died in the movement on Jan. 25, 2001, and the non-traumatic seizure said to have killed her still puzzles her son. Police and the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office documented a bottle of Dilantin on her nightstand. It’s a medication known to produce a lateral stare (and compliance), but also commonly prescribed 30 years ago for epilepsy. Garcia maintains that there was never a family history of the disorder. Following an autopsy, she was immediately cremated when Philadelphia funeral director Bernard J. Archer was told Ms. Harmony had no immediate family. Four months later, Garcia received a certified letter from the movement with a copy of his mother’s death certificate. It was wrapped in Peace Mission letterhead.

It’s likely that a few phone calls made by Lori Garcia stirred the anti-Tommy stew at the Peace Mission. Unbeknownst to her husband, Lori called Woodmont in early 1998 and asked for Mother Divine. She wanted to know the whereabouts of Garcia’s birth mother. Apparently, because Lori’s maiden name (Reicheg) sounded similar to a last name of two other sister-followers (Kryshak), she was put through. She introduced herself as Tommy’s wife, but Mother wouldn’t answer questions.

“She kept repeating, ‘The spirit moves in mysterious ways,’” Lori remembers. “She must have said it 20 times. Then I hung up.”

It’s the only contact the two ever had.

In May 1999, Lori reached Garcia’s mother at her job in the Key Flowers dining room at Father’s Divine Tracy Hotel in Philadelphia. “I told her who I was, and all she kept saying was, ‘I don’t identify with those links (nondescript code, Lori believes, because her conversation was monitored).’ I thought, ‘Is she totally brainwashed?’ At the end, I said, ‘You are my mother-in-law. You are Tommy’s mother. We will always have a place for you. You can come live with us and be safe.’ All she said was, ‘I will keep your information for future use.’ Then, less than a year later, she suddenly disappears.”

 

Garcia and his sister Susy in 1960.

Father Divine’s Modesty Code: “No Smoking. No Drinking. No Obscenity. No Vulgarity. No Profanity. No Undue Mixing of Sexes. No Receiving of Gifts, Presents, Tips or Bribes.”

Following Tommy Garcia’s years at Woodmont, it took his sister’s murder, years of soul searching, his marriage to Lori, and hypnosis in 2006 before he could confront his past and focus on the future. As founder of the Association for the Alignment of Past Life, Dr. Morris Netherton has encountered some bizarre cases in his 45-year career, including victims of Germany’s Josef Fritzl, who fathered six children during a 24-year confinement with his sex-slave daughter. Within six weeks, Netherton broke the spell on Garcia.

“Father Divine turned him into the Little Divine One,” Netherton says. “He was told his whole life, ‘This will all be yours. When Father dies, you’re the leader, the messiah, and all the land and money is yours.’ Then, Mother Divine stepped in.”

In those sessions, Garcia recounted his sexual abuse away from Woodmont in Divine-run city hotels, where interracial male roommates engaged in sex acts in his presence, then involved him. He could name names, but he hasn’t publicly. He was never abused by Father Divine, but the Peace Mission’s celibacy code inspired same-sex activity, since there was “no undue mixing of the sexes,” says Garcia.

“Tommy’s case is real,” says Netherton. “[Under hypnosis], his story never changed, and he would not—and could not—find what’s not there. I really hope he finds peace, but there was this contrast between the way things were supposed to be in the kingdom and the way he was literally raped. I asked him over and over, ‘Are you sure you want to put this out there?’ He said, ‘Yes, I want to tell the truth about them.’”

Garcia contends that the bulk of the abuse he suffered was mental. “Master Tommy,” he says, was never brainwashed as a follower, only as a leader—to attain his status as the Son of God, as the Prodigal Son. “I had to march in step to that, or the threat was that I would be sent to an orphanage,” he says. “I was a Garcia, but I had to act like a Divine. Father Divine made me feel more special than my own dad ever did. He showered me with gifts, all totally contradictory to the code. Once, for me, he had a banquet with entirely Mexican food. The person I am today is not because of my (ill and largely estranged) biological father, but because of Father Divine.”

Garcia recounts his last visit to Woodmont in 1989. After a banquet, Mother rose and addressed the crowd, saying she was aware that many followers didn’t believe in her deity or rank as Father’s “Spotless, Virgin Bride.” Followers adored Father’s first wife, who was black. But he told his flock that the white woman he named “Sweet Angel”—who may have been 50 years younger when they married in Washington, D.C., on April 29, 1946 (another Peace Mission celebration day)—was a reincarnation of Peninah, his first spouse, who’s said to have died in 1943.

In response, Garcia rose and defended Mother. “During my speech, followers began shouting, ‘Praise the Lord! The Prodigal Son has returned!’” he says.

As Mother retreated upstairs that night, she called to Garcia, telling him that no one had ever defended her in front of the followers. “She thanked me,” he says. “She also said she was aware that (high-ranking church officer) Dorothy Darling wanted to speak with me—but that, if I loved her the way she knew I did, I would honor her request not to speak with Ms. Dorothy.”

Garcia believes Darling—who, before her death in or around 2002, told others that she was unhappy with how the Tommy issue was handled—may have held his adoption papers after Ms. St. Mary Bloom died in a mission residence fire some 20 years earlier. Or, at least she knew about them. This spring, without success, Garcia searched adoption records in Montgomery County and New York, Father’s headquarters before his move to Philadelphia in 1942. A similar search here came up empty .

“So I was kidnapped, brainwashed, molested, told no one wants me,” he says. “Now, [I’m] told I’m a thorn in Mother’s side when she’s been a dagger in everyone’s back all her life. Inside, I feel like damaged goods, but I can’t act that way.”

 

Followers come out in droves for Father in the 1930s.

On the Main Line, the singular enduring image of Father Divine’s Peace Mission was the caravan of black limousines that always came and went along Spring Mill Road to and from Woodmont. Others still speak of Divine’s fleet of domestic workers for hire. With names like Sincere Enthusiasm, they surrendered the bulk of their earnings for the right to live communally as consecrated co-workers and worship Father Divine as a deity.

Divine’s is a well-documented social model. Beginning in 1919 and strengthening from the Great Depression through the 1940s, the Peace Mission uprooted followers from their families—and from poverty—turning them into a loyal, self-sufficient lot. “What began happening en masse [for blacks] in the 1960s and ’70s, Father Divine began in the 1930s,” says Bob Thomas, an architect who, in the early 1990s, did the master planning at Woodmont that led to the visitors’ center and library.

Critics say Father—all 5-foot-2 of him—was a dynamic salesman who used religion and economic desperation to prey on weak minds. At open banquets, he fed guests, then bowled them over with charismatic sermons and stories of faith healing and acts of retribution. Still, Garcia says, “As happy as all of those people were supposed to be, they weren’t happy every day.”

But snitching often advanced standing, and surviving followers and defectors remain fearful of retribution. Emptied of their finances, many were left too insolvent to leave.

Sonya Hoffmann was a child in the mission from 1960 to 1972. She was raised in multiple Main Line homes with her German grandmother, live-in housekeeper/follower Elise Vollman (known as Lisa Free in the movement). Anytime Hoffmann was sick or injured, she was told it was Father’s retribution for bad behavior—and that she must beg his forgiveness to be cured. After she burnt a hand black, the mission never took her to a doctor, but Bryn Mawr Elementary School finally did when the wound wouldn’t heal.

A month from graduation in 1972, she says Mother yanked her out of Lower Merion High School—then, ultimately, “put her out” (mission speak for expulsion) weeks before her 17th birthday, and after a drug overdose and hospitalization.

“There was so much damage done,” says Hoffmann, now 55. “Adults are supposed to help kids grow, but everything they did to me was harmful.”

Hoffmann’s grandmother was pressured to surrender custody of her, but she never did—which explains why they lived outside movement-owned properties. Her grandmother died in the movement at age 103 in 2003, and she’d been told never to speak with Sonya later in her life. “By then, I was what they call ‘mortal flesh,’” says Hoffmann.

Sometimes called angels, Peace Mission members continue to follow doctrine, speaking from scripts, as if frozen in time. “They made me listen to tape recordings of Father Divine,” Garcia says. “They made me read The New Day daily. But Father Divine never preached to me—not once. He told me he wasn’t God. But most of the rest of them pushed that he was God for 24 hours a day.”

Still, Father’s spirit and charisma moved many—Garcia included. All were left to interpret the influence. Books on Father and the movement tend to end with his death. They don’t address the decline of the sect as it has evaporated—and continues to evaporate—under Mother’s charge. Garcia’s view, and that of others, is from the inside out.

 

The Divine Lorraine, one of two Philadelphia

hotels owned by Father Divine.

Both before and after the death of Father Divine, a battle for succession at the Peace Mission was being waged. The Rev. Jim Jones, the infamous leader behind the 1978 Jonestown Massacre in Guyana, had visited Father as many as six times between 1959 and 1965. That much has been substantiated by the Jonestown Institute at San Diego State University.

Like Garcia, Jones was led to believe he’d succeed Father Divine. In part, some researchers and historians suggest that Tommy Garcia was recruited to stifle Jones’ increasingly aggressive interest.

After Father’s death, Jones would arrive with “train-length” busloads of his own followers, says Hoffmann. In a final takeover attempt in 1971, he left with 30-40 mission members. “For two weeks, it was a battle of the cults, back and forth across the banquet table over which one was better,” she says. (Read the Peace Mission’s response to the Guyana mass suicide six days after the tragedy at libertynet.org/fdipmm/mdbook/jimjontx.html.)

“Father Divine taught [Jones] to be God,” says 80-year-old Ted Patrick, who was a special consultant to Gov. Ronald Reagan before he left to turn cult deprogramming into an art form.

Often jailed and sued, the San Diego resident claims 2,600 deprogrammings, including some in Philadelphia involving Peace Mission followers. “He had a lot of people fooled,” Patrick says of Father Divine. “Everybody knew him in those days as God Almighty, King of Glory.”

Rebecca Moore, the chair of San Diego State’s religious studies department, lost two sisters (Carolyn Layton, Jones’ female companion who ran daily operations, and Annie Moore, his nurse) and a nephew at Jonestown. Twelve years ago, she joined her husband, Fielding McGehee III, in forming the Jonestown Institute, starting the process of uniting some 100 Jonestown survivors, preserving some 35,000 Peoples Temple resources and formally linking Jones to the Divines. “One reason Mother Divine was so hostile to Jim Jones is because she saw him as a real threat,” says McGehee. “Now, Tommy is trying to do the same thing. I’m sure Mother Divine does not distinguish between the two.”

E. Black, a 30-year Peace Mission researcher who conceals her real name, has written extensively that the current incarnation exists only as an immediate support system for Mother Divine and her current staff. “It has absolutely no social reach or impact on the contemporary societies where it states it exists,” she says, pointing out that the movement is engineering a move into extinction.

Garcia admits that his relationship with Mother Divine was always strained. He calls her shrewd and calculating.

“Is she the head of the movement?” he poses. “Yes—because of her position. But can she lead? No. All of the followers have left except for a small group of those who’ve decided that they should continue to live a life of luxury and privilege off the backs of thousands. And that’s where we disagree.”

Now a local short-sale real estate investor, Hoffmann says the mission “worked me to the hilt.” Before child labor laws, she picked in Woodmont’s fields from 5 a.m. on Saturdays until banquet at 2 p.m., then served all night. She says she was never paid a penny for 40-plus work hours a week. After she turned 16 and had working papers, she washed dishes for two months at Haverford College. Those checks went to her grandmother—then, presumably, to the mission.

“If [Mother dies] tomorrow, I won’t shed a tear,” says Hoffmann. “I feel sorry for all those people who worked their behinds off for all those years, for those who bought the properties, for those who gave up all of their money only in the end to not even be properly taken care of.”

 

Father Divine with his first wife, Peninah.

Father Divine has a 1,293-page FBI file. It’s been reported that he moved to Philadelphia to escape a $6,000 legal summons won by a defector in New York. Among his diverse service-industry businesses were grocery stores, gas stations, farms in New York, and real estate holdings everywhere. On the wealthy Main Line, his domestic housekeepers filled an undeniable need.

It’s always been difficult to track Father Divine’s following in Europe and elsewhere. Every business, farm, hotel or church was a self-contained, well-oiled moneymaking machine. But just before his death, the machine began leaking oil. The last of the 25 New York heavens was sold in 1985. The Peace Mission extension in California dried up in the ’90s.

The mission’s Philadelphia decline is perhaps most notable for the recent sale of its two landmark hotels. The 10-floor, 350-room Divine Lorraine on North Broad Street became the first integrated first-class hotel in America in 1948. It first sold for a reported $2 million in 2000, twice since, and was just listed by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia as an endangered property. The Divine Tracy in West Philadelphia sold for a reported $9 million in 2006, and now houses Penn and Drexel students.

In the end, there simply weren’t enough of their own to operate the hotels according to Father Divine’s code. Garcia and Hoffmann estimate that 90 percent of the followers remaining after Father’s death left under Mother’s early reign.

“The difference was in how people were treated,” says Hoffmann, who was stripped of the be-all, end-all “Rosebud” choir jacket Father had given her at age 6. “It was all Mother. She was it. She was the ruling factor. It was her way, and you had to do what she wanted. If there was resistance, she started her stuff. She was ruthless—quite contrary to her name, Sweet Angel.”

At 92, Bernard Archer is among the oldest licensed funeral directors in the state. He has handled the Peace Mission’s city business since 1969. But not at Woodmont, where “a classy undertaker” goes. He gets the call if there’s a death at South Broad Street’s Circle Mission Church, Home & Training School or the Westminster Evangelical Home, the mission’s designated elder-care facility on North 41st Street.
Up until the past six or eight years, an automatic cremation was ordered. “The body was always burned,” Archer says.

Now, there are traditional viewings and burials that about 20 people attend, but the death rate is down to one or two a year; it was eight or 10 for years, Archer says.

One source says Mother Divine has been centralizing control and funneling money back to Woodmont. Another says she’s “downloading the organization to practically nothing.” Like a pension system, if no one is paying in, funds dry up. Father didn’t believe in health or life insurance—let alone Social Security—so something has to give.

“Either they run out of people, run out of money, or both,” says Dan Fascione, a 30-year neighbor whose property borders Woodmont on three sides.

Fascione has sat with Mother and her advisers at Woodmont. He says it’s clear that a “genius” is running affairs—whoever it is. “It’s like the last of the Shakers (at Sabbathday Lake, Maine), so it’s an eerie feeling,” he says. “And I do worry about it.”

No one knows—or won’t say—what happens when Mother dies. The Peace Mission’s ideology doesn’t support any sort of hierarchy or develop leaders. “There are no layaway plans,” says Meekness Faith, one of two Peace Mission church presidents who spoke on Mother’s behalf after the February trek at Woodmont.

But concern for the fate of the mission may be unwarranted. Former Gladwyne ward commissioner Ken Davis suggests that maybe there’s an outsider—an element of surprise—that no one knows about. Still, he says, “I hope [Mother] and the movement have made provisions. It would be foolish, if not.”

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Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-253-6731
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This Valentine's week, the history of Woodford Mansion comes to life in the stories of the prominent families who lived there during the tumultuous period surrounding the American Revolutionary...

Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for Senior Citizens, students, youths (13-17). Free for >12

Where:
Woodford Mansion
3400 West Dauphin St, E. Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA  19132
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In 1917 John G. Johnson, the most famous lawyer of his day, left his astonishing trove of European art to the city of Philadelphia. One hundred years later, we’re taking a new look at one of...

Cost: $0-20

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Sponsor: Philadelphia Museum of Art
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From Pop Art and psychedelia to the civil rights and anti-war movements, the 1960s was a decade of liberation—and of great loss. See how designers, artists, and architects responded...

Cost: $0-20

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia...

Cost: $15.95 and up

Where:
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel Universi
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1043
Contact Name: Carolyn Belardo
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For a limited time only, the Museum will present a newly discovered 235-year-old, seven-foot panoramic painting that offers an invaluable glimpse into the Revolutionary War, a time before the...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-253-6731
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Be dazzled by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites most opulent artifacts with Gilded: Objects of Luxury. See Bohemian gold-enameled glassware, sterling silver tableware, mercury glass, Count...

Cost: See website for more information

Where:
Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street
Bethlehem, PA  18018
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Telephone: 610-882-0450
Website »

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A little R&R can go a long way— that’s why Experience Kissimmee is bringing the fun of a Central Florida vacation to Philadelphia with a full-size, interactive, 3-D Vacation Station...

Cost: 0

Where:
King of Prussia Mall
160 N. Gulph Rd.
King of Prussia , PA  19406
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Sponsor: Experience Kissimmee
Telephone: 404-569-4800
Contact Name: Cori Powers
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Four badass women try not to lose their their heads in this irreverent, rebellious comedy set during the French Revolution. Amidst the Reign of Terror, four renegades—an assassin, a spy, a...

Cost: $15-35

Where:
Theatre Horizon
401 DeKalb St
Norristown, PA  19401
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Take a journey inside one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history. Silent, steadfast, and secret, an army of more than 8,000 terracotta figures stood guard over the tomb of...

Cost: Daytime: Adult $35 Child (3-11) $30, Evening: Adult $20 Child (3-11) $15

Where:
The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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The dazzling violinist Timothy Chooi has been praised for his “gorgeous tone, agility and great feeling” (Broad Street Review) and “intuitive passion far beyond his years [and]...

Cost: general $20; seniors $15; students and children free

Where:
Eastern University, McInnis Auditorium
1300 Eagle Road
St. Davids, PA  19087
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Sponsor: Tri-County Concerts Association
Telephone: 610-504-4678
Contact Name: Deena Schneider
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A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen Directed by Terrence J. Nolen  On the Arcadia Stage JANUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018    Nora and Torvald are living their dream...

Cost: Adults: Starting at $37 Teens: $15 Kids: $15

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: Arden Theatre Company
Telephone: (215)922-1122
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Box Of Rain is the classic six piece that pay’s tribute to the most prolific and finest period of the Grateful Dead, 68-74. Featuring an all-star lineup with former members of Dark Star...

Cost: $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show / $27 Seated

Where:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA  19003
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Sponsor: Ardmore Music Hall
Telephone: 610-649-8389
Contact Name: Ardmore Music Hall
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Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn Score by Michael Friedman Lyrics by Anne Washburn Directed by Jill Harrison Feb 6 -18, 2018 Tuesday - Saturday 8 p.m. | Sunday 2...

Cost: $21-25

Where:
Villanova Theatre
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA  19085
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Sponsor: Villanova Theatre
Telephone: 610-519-7474
Contact Name: Kim Reilly
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For over 100 years, Linvilla Orchards has been offering its neighbors the finest field-fresh produce. Now customers have the opportunity to stock up and enjoy an abundance of vegetables at a 50%...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
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Linvilla Orchard’s ‘Fore! The Planet’ is a highly interactive and playful museum exhibit created by the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia! This exhibition pairs...

Cost: $6.95 Adults, $5.95 children

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
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What better way to celebrate President’s Day, than with a freshly baked cherry pie from Linvilla Orchards? Cherry pies will be $4.00 off to honor our presidents. Stop by Linvilla Orchards on...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
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For over 100 years, Linvilla Orchards has been offering its neighbors the finest field-fresh produce. Now customers have the opportunity to stock up and enjoy an abundance of vegetables at a 50%...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
Linvilla Orchards 137 West Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
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The Dental Hygiene Program at Harcum College will offer free oral examinations, sealants, fluoride treatments and health care instructions for children ages 6-13 at its Sealant Day event, held...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cohen Dental Clinic at Harcum College
750 Montgomery Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA  19010
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Sponsor: Harcum College
Contact Name: Anders Back
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The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

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The National Constitution Center’s partners at the Federal Judges Association and the Federal Bar Association are sponsoring an essay contest for high school students!  The contest asks...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

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Visitors can celebrate Presidents Day Weekend, February 17 – February 19, at the National Constitution Center with a variety of special family-friendly programs and activities including arts...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
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Throughout February, the Constitution Center will host a variety of programs in honor of African American History Month. Visitors can explore the museum’s The Story of We the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
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Visitors can celebrate Presidents Day Weekend, February 17 – February 19, at the National Constitution Center with a variety of special family-friendly programs and activities including arts...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
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American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
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The National Constitution Center’s Winter Warm Up sale will run January 2 through March 31, 2018. For just $10 for adults (usually $14.50) and $7.50 for youth ages 6-18 (usually $11),...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
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Friendship, love, desire: Keith Smith’s life is an open book. For five decades, the artist has used surprising combinations of materials to chronicle his experiences. In this exhibition,...

Cost: $0-20

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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To honor February’s American Heart Month, Bernie Robbins Jeweler’s will be offering an exclusive commemorative heart pendant necklace with 100% of the proceeds directly benefiting...

Cost: $50.00

Where:
: Any Bernie Robbins Location (Villanova, PA; Newt
, PA


Telephone: 215.627.1060
Contact Name: Jill Asher
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Creature Feature, an exhibition juried by Brad Hagmayer, Garth Herrick and Martha Perkins that features artistic interpretations of the theme “creature” using any conceptual framework...

Cost: free

Where:
Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA  19086
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Telephone: 610-604-9604
Contact Name: Andrea DiFabio
Website »

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In 1917 John G. Johnson, the most famous lawyer of his day, left his astonishing trove of European art to the city of Philadelphia. One hundred years later, we’re taking a new look at one of...

Cost: $0-20

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19130
View map »


Sponsor: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Website »

More information

Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia...

Cost: $15.95 and up

Where:
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel Universi
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1043
Contact Name: Carolyn Belardo
Website »

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From Pop Art and psychedelia to the civil rights and anti-war movements, the 1960s was a decade of liberation—and of great loss. See how designers, artists, and architects responded...

Cost: $0-20

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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On Mondays, at 10:30 AM, seniors are invited to join the Full Circle Support Group, facilitated by Janet Levit, MSW, LCSW.  Full Circle is for retirees 55 and over wondering how to fill their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
New Horizons Senior Center
100 Conway Avenue
2nd Floor
Narberth, PA  19072
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Be dazzled by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites most opulent artifacts with Gilded: Objects of Luxury. See Bohemian gold-enameled glassware, sterling silver tableware, mercury glass, Count...

Cost: See website for more information

Where:
Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street
Bethlehem, PA  18018
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Telephone: 610-882-0450
Website »

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A little R&R can go a long way— that’s why Experience Kissimmee is bringing the fun of a Central Florida vacation to Philadelphia with a full-size, interactive, 3-D Vacation Station...

Cost: 0

Where:
King of Prussia Mall
160 N. Gulph Rd.
King of Prussia , PA  19406
View map »


Sponsor: Experience Kissimmee
Telephone: 404-569-4800
Contact Name: Cori Powers
Website »

More information

For a limited time only, the Museum will present a newly discovered 235-year-old, seven-foot panoramic painting that offers an invaluable glimpse into the Revolutionary War, a time before the...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-253-6731
Website »

More information

Four badass women try not to lose their their heads in this irreverent, rebellious comedy set during the French Revolution. Amidst the Reign of Terror, four renegades—an assassin, a spy, a...

Cost: $15-35

Where:
Theatre Horizon
401 DeKalb St
Norristown, PA  19401
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On Monday, February 19 at 1:00 PM adults 55 and over are invited to join Loisann Furgess-Oler, MS, MDiv, in a stimulating, thought-provoking and healing group discussion of our journey through...

Cost: FREE

Where:
New Horizons Senior Center
100 Conway Avenue
2nd Floor
Narberth, PA  19072
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Take a journey inside one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history. Silent, steadfast, and secret, an army of more than 8,000 terracotta figures stood guard over the tomb of...

Cost: Daytime: Adult $35 Child (3-11) $30, Evening: Adult $20 Child (3-11) $15

Where:
The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Join Brandywine Roller Derby for an Un-Birthday celebration! $10 gets you 54 holes of blacklight minigolf at GlowGolf in Exton, PA, plus a Very Special Brandywine Celebration including snacks,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Glow Golf Exton
260 Exton Square Parkway
Exton, PA  19341
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Sponsor: Brandywine Roller Derby
Contact Name: Marissa Berlin
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On President’s Day, join C-SPAN President Susan Swain, National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen, and a panel of experts who will launch the second season of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

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A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen Directed by Terrence J. Nolen  On the Arcadia Stage JANUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018    Nora and Torvald are living their dream...

Cost: Adults: Starting at $37 Teens: $15 Kids: $15

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: Arden Theatre Company
Telephone: (215)922-1122
Website »

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For over 100 years, Linvilla Orchards has been offering its neighbors the finest field-fresh produce. Now customers have the opportunity to stock up and enjoy an abundance of vegetables at a 50%...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »

More information

For over 100 years, Linvilla Orchards has been offering its neighbors the finest field-fresh produce. Now customers have the opportunity to stock up and enjoy an abundance of vegetables at a 50%...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
Linvilla Orchards 137 West Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »

More information

Linvilla Orchard’s ‘Fore! The Planet’ is a highly interactive and playful museum exhibit created by the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia! This exhibition pairs...

Cost: $6.95 Adults, $5.95 children

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »

More information

The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

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Throughout February, the Constitution Center will host a variety of programs in honor of African American History Month. Visitors can explore the museum’s The Story of We the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

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The National Constitution Center’s partners at the Federal Judges Association and the Federal Bar Association are sponsoring an essay contest for high school students!  The contest asks...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

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The National Constitution Center’s Winter Warm Up sale will run January 2 through March 31, 2018. For just $10 for adults (usually $14.50) and $7.50 for youth ages 6-18 (usually $11),...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

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American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

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Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia...

Cost: $15.95 and up

Where:
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel Universi
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »


Telephone: 215-299-1043
Contact Name: Carolyn Belardo
Website »

More information

To honor February’s American Heart Month, Bernie Robbins Jeweler’s will be offering an exclusive commemorative heart pendant necklace with 100% of the proceeds directly benefiting...

Cost: $50.00

Where:
: Any Bernie Robbins Location (Villanova, PA; Newt
, PA


Telephone: 215.627.1060
Contact Name: Jill Asher
Website »

More information

Creature Feature, an exhibition juried by Brad Hagmayer, Garth Herrick and Martha Perkins that features artistic interpretations of the theme “creature” using any conceptual framework...

Cost: free

Where:
Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA  19086
View map »


Telephone: 610-604-9604
Contact Name: Andrea DiFabio
Website »

More information

Join us in the Gerry Lenfest Gallery for a multi-media installation by photographer Winifred Helton-Harmon. Curated by Ricardo Viera, Professor of Art at Lehigh University and Director of Lehigh...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-923-8000
Contact Name: Katie Sorenson
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Friendship, love, desire: Keith Smith’s life is an open book. For five decades, the artist has used surprising combinations of materials to chronicle his experiences. In this exhibition,...

Cost: $0-20

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
View map »

More information

From Pop Art and psychedelia to the civil rights and anti-war movements, the 1960s was a decade of liberation—and of great loss. See how designers, artists, and architects responded...

Cost: $0-20

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
View map »

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Tuesdays at 10:50am. Starts February 13th This ongoing worshop will teach yoga themes and encourage movement, fitness, self-calming, learning and focus. No special equipment or experiece...

Cost: $15 per class

Where:
The Sporting Club Main Line
931 E Haverford Road
Bryn Mawr, PA  19010
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A little R&R can go a long way— that’s why Experience Kissimmee is bringing the fun of a Central Florida vacation to Philadelphia with a full-size, interactive, 3-D Vacation Station...

Cost: 0

Where:
King of Prussia Mall
160 N. Gulph Rd.
King of Prussia , PA  19406
View map »


Sponsor: Experience Kissimmee
Telephone: 404-569-4800
Contact Name: Cori Powers
Website »

More information

Be dazzled by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites most opulent artifacts with Gilded: Objects of Luxury. See Bohemian gold-enameled glassware, sterling silver tableware, mercury glass, Count...

Cost: See website for more information

Where:
Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street
Bethlehem, PA  18018
View map »


Telephone: 610-882-0450
Website »

More information

Four badass women try not to lose their their heads in this irreverent, rebellious comedy set during the French Revolution. Amidst the Reign of Terror, four renegades—an assassin, a spy, a...

Cost: $15-35

Where:
Theatre Horizon
401 DeKalb St
Norristown, PA  19401
View map »

More information

A screening of "Citizen Kane" (1941) will take place on Tuesday, February 20, at 12:45 PM, for all interested adults 55 and over.  Then, on Tuesday, February 27, at 1:00 PM, Dr. Mark...

Cost: FREE

Where:
New Horizons Senior Center
100 Conway Avenue
2nd Floor
Narberth, PA  19072
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Fee:  $5 for Members, $8 for Non-Members.  On Tuesdays, in the afternoon by appointment, New Horizons offers adults 55 and over a chance learn new things, and to have their questions...

Cost: $5 for Members, $8 for Non-Members

Where:
New Horizons Senior Center
100 Conway Avenue
2nd Floor
Narberth, PA  19072
View map »

More information

Take a journey inside one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history. Silent, steadfast, and secret, an army of more than 8,000 terracotta figures stood guard over the tomb of...

Cost: Daytime: Adult $35 Child (3-11) $30, Evening: Adult $20 Child (3-11) $15

Where:
The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Revolutionaries wrote love letters, went on dates, and even carved “busks” for their sweethearts to wear close to their hearts. $10 General Admission, FREE for Members

Cost: $10 General Admission FREE for Members

Where:
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-253-6731
Website »

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A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen Directed by Terrence J. Nolen  On the Arcadia Stage JANUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018    Nora and Torvald are living their dream...

Cost: Adults: Starting at $37 Teens: $15 Kids: $15

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Arden Theatre Company
Telephone: (215)922-1122
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A panel of nationally-recognized local CEOs, from a wide-variety of backgrounds, share their experiences and insights into the business world with the next generation of CEOs in a round table...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabrini University, Grace Hall Atrium
: 610 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA  19087
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Sponsor: Philadelphia Center for Advancing Entrepreneurs
Telephone: 215.628.3875
Contact Name: Ellen Fisher
Website »

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Linvilla Orchard’s ‘Fore! The Planet’ is a highly interactive and playful museum exhibit created by the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia! This exhibition pairs...

Cost: $6.95 Adults, $5.95 children

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »

More information

For over 100 years, Linvilla Orchards has been offering its neighbors the finest field-fresh produce. Now customers have the opportunity to stock up and enjoy an abundance of vegetables at a 50%...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
Linvilla Orchards 137 West Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »

More information

For over 100 years, Linvilla Orchards has been offering its neighbors the finest field-fresh produce. Now customers have the opportunity to stock up and enjoy an abundance of vegetables at a 50%...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »

More information

Throughout February, the Constitution Center will host a variety of programs in honor of African American History Month. Visitors can explore the museum’s The Story of We the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

The National Constitution Center’s Winter Warm Up sale will run January 2 through March 31, 2018. For just $10 for adults (usually $14.50) and $7.50 for youth ages 6-18 (usually $11),...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

More information

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

The National Constitution Center’s partners at the Federal Judges Association and the Federal Bar Association are sponsoring an essay contest for high school students!  The contest asks...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

More information

Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia...

Cost: $15.95 and up

Where:
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel Universi
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »


Telephone: 215-299-1043
Contact Name: Carolyn Belardo
Website »

More information

Creature Feature, an exhibition juried by Brad Hagmayer, Garth Herrick and Martha Perkins that features artistic interpretations of the theme “creature” using any conceptual framework...

Cost: free

Where:
Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA  19086
View map »


Telephone: 610-604-9604
Contact Name: Andrea DiFabio
Website »

More information

Join us in the Gerry Lenfest Gallery for a multi-media installation by photographer Winifred Helton-Harmon. Curated by Ricardo Viera, Professor of Art at Lehigh University and Director of Lehigh...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-923-8000
Contact Name: Katie Sorenson
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From Pop Art and psychedelia to the civil rights and anti-war movements, the 1960s was a decade of liberation—and of great loss. See how designers, artists, and architects responded...

Cost: $0-20

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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To honor February’s American Heart Month, Bernie Robbins Jeweler’s will be offering an exclusive commemorative heart pendant necklace with 100% of the proceeds directly benefiting...

Cost: $50.00

Where:
: Any Bernie Robbins Location (Villanova, PA; Newt
, PA


Telephone: 215.627.1060
Contact Name: Jill Asher
Website »

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Friendship, love, desire: Keith Smith’s life is an open book. For five decades, the artist has used surprising combinations of materials to chronicle his experiences. In this exhibition,...

Cost: $0-20

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Be dazzled by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites most opulent artifacts with Gilded: Objects of Luxury. See Bohemian gold-enameled glassware, sterling silver tableware, mercury glass, Count...

Cost: See website for more information

Where:
Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street
Bethlehem, PA  18018
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Telephone: 610-882-0450
Website »

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Four badass women try not to lose their their heads in this irreverent, rebellious comedy set during the French Revolution. Amidst the Reign of Terror, four renegades—an assassin, a spy, a...

Cost: $15-35

Where:
Theatre Horizon
401 DeKalb St
Norristown, PA  19401
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On Wednesday, February 21, at 1:00 PM, Jazz musician/music teacher Stanley Fink, presents a music appreciation workshop about Benny Goodman, the King of Jazz, to any interested adults 55 and over....

Cost: FREE

Where:
New Horizons Senior Center
100 Conway Avenue
2nd Floor
Narberth, PA  19072
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Take a journey inside one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history. Silent, steadfast, and secret, an army of more than 8,000 terracotta figures stood guard over the tomb of...

Cost: Daytime: Adult $35 Child (3-11) $30, Evening: Adult $20 Child (3-11) $15

Where:
The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Don’t miss a special Members-only program with Ralph Young, Temple University history professor, exploring the key role dissent has played in shaping the U.S. — from colonial days to...

Cost: $30 Memebers Only

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

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In its 35th anniversary season, Choral Arts Philadelphia, led by artistic director Matthew Glandorf, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Bach Collegium, presents monthly mid-week one-hour-long...

Cost: Pay What You Wish, $25 Suggested Donation at the Door

Where:
St. Clements Church
2013 Appletree Street
2013 Appletree Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Sponsor: Choral Arts Philadelphia
Telephone: 215-280-4824
Contact Name: Inna Lobanova-Heasley
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BACH AT SEVEN Winter/Spring 2018 Wednesdays, 7-8 PM S. Clement’s Church, 2013 Appletree Street, Philadelphia, PA   Admission: Pay-What-You-Wish Suggested donation of...

Cost: Pay as you wish, $25 suggested donation

Where:
St. Clements Church
2013 Appletree Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Sponsor: Choral Arts Philadelphia
Telephone: 215-280-4824
Contact Name: Inna Lobanova-Heasley
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A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen Directed by Terrence J. Nolen  On the Arcadia Stage JANUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018    Nora and Torvald are living their dream...

Cost: Adults: Starting at $37 Teens: $15 Kids: $15

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: Arden Theatre Company
Telephone: (215)922-1122
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REVIVING AND REVIEWING THE "RACE FILM" The Watermelon Woman (dir. Cheryl Dunye, 1996, 90 min.)   This “fake documentary” stars the director as a fictionalized...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lightbox Film Center
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Sponsor: Wolf Humanities Center, Penn Cinema and Media Studies
Telephone: 215-573-8280
Contact Name: Wolf Humanities Center
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Late Night Happy Hour from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. 1/2 OFF Drafts & Well Cocktails, 1/2 OFF all menu Starters & $3.00 OFF Specialty Drinks. Jamie Salvatore: Contemporary acoustic music with...

Cost: 0

Where:
SOMO Manayunk
4311 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA  19127
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Sponsor: SOMO Manayunk
Telephone: (267) 297-6668
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Get your glitter on and your heels high for STARMEN, a glam rock variety show featuring burlesque, circus arts, and cabaret at Tabu in Philadelphia on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018.  ...

Cost: $10

Where:
Tabu
200 S. 12th Street
200 S. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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Telephone: 323-401-6664
Contact Name: Greta Grenade
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Discover Holy Child Academy's programs for nursery to eighth grade students. We invite prospective families to visit Holy Child Academy during the school day and discover how Holy Child...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Holy Child Academy
475 Shadeland Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA  19026
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Sponsor: Holy Child Academy
Telephone: 610-259-2712
Contact Name: Rebecca Kellich
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Linvilla Orchard’s ‘Fore! The Planet’ is a highly interactive and playful museum exhibit created by the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia! This exhibition pairs...

Cost: $6.95 Adults, $5.95 children

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
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For over 100 years, Linvilla Orchards has been offering its neighbors the finest field-fresh produce. Now customers have the opportunity to stock up and enjoy an abundance of vegetables at a 50%...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
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For over 100 years, Linvilla Orchards has been offering its neighbors the finest field-fresh produce. Now customers have the opportunity to stock up and enjoy an abundance of vegetables at a 50%...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
Linvilla Orchards 137 West Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
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Throughout February, the Constitution Center will host a variety of programs in honor of African American History Month. Visitors can explore the museum’s The Story of We the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

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The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

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American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

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The National Constitution Center’s partners at the Federal Judges Association and the Federal Bar Association are sponsoring an essay contest for high school students!  The contest asks...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

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The National Constitution Center’s Winter Warm Up sale will run January 2 through March 31, 2018. For just $10 for adults (usually $14.50) and $7.50 for youth ages 6-18 (usually $11),...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

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From Pop Art and psychedelia to the civil rights and anti-war movements, the 1960s was a decade of liberation—and of great loss. See how designers, artists, and architects responded...

Cost: $0-20

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
View map »

More information

Friendship, love, desire: Keith Smith’s life is an open book. For five decades, the artist has used surprising combinations of materials to chronicle his experiences. In this exhibition,...

Cost: $0-20

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Join us for story time at Wolff’s Apple House in Media, PA on select Thursday mornings. Each time will include a story with a theme, and afterwards children will get to make and eat a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wolff's Apple House
81 S. Pennell Rd
Media, PA  19063
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Sponsor: Wolff's Apple House
Telephone: 610-566-1680
Contact Name: Wolff's Apple House
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To honor February’s American Heart Month, Bernie Robbins Jeweler’s will be offering an exclusive commemorative heart pendant necklace with 100% of the proceeds directly benefiting...

Cost: $50.00

Where:
: Any Bernie Robbins Location (Villanova, PA; Newt
, PA


Telephone: 215.627.1060
Contact Name: Jill Asher
Website »

More information

Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia...

Cost: $15.95 and up

Where:
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel Universi
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1043
Contact Name: Carolyn Belardo
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Join us in the Gerry Lenfest Gallery for a multi-media installation by photographer Winifred Helton-Harmon. Curated by Ricardo Viera, Professor of Art at Lehigh University and Director of Lehigh...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-923-8000
Contact Name: Katie Sorenson
Website »

More information

Creature Feature, an exhibition juried by Brad Hagmayer, Garth Herrick and Martha Perkins that features artistic interpretations of the theme “creature” using any conceptual framework...

Cost: free

Where:
Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA  19086
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Telephone: 610-604-9604
Contact Name: Andrea DiFabio
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Young children and their grown-ups hear a story, interact with art in the Museum and make their own creative works in this popular program.  Registration is requested by contacting the...

Cost: $5 per child, with one adult admitted free per child; free for members.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
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Celebrate artist Horace Pippin’s Birthday during this special Read-Aloud program featuring A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, an award-winning children’s book...

Cost: $5 per child, with one adult admitted free per child; free for members.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
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Be dazzled by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites most opulent artifacts with Gilded: Objects of Luxury. See Bohemian gold-enameled glassware, sterling silver tableware, mercury glass, Count...

Cost: See website for more information

Where:
Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street
Bethlehem, PA  18018
View map »


Telephone: 610-882-0450
Website »

More information

Four badass women try not to lose their their heads in this irreverent, rebellious comedy set during the French Revolution. Amidst the Reign of Terror, four renegades—an assassin, a spy, a...

Cost: $15-35

Where:
Theatre Horizon
401 DeKalb St
Norristown, PA  19401
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We invite you to join us as we celebrate the fourth annual Philadelphia Region UNCF Women of Faith for Education Afternoon Tea. Your support is both a generous gift to deserving...

Cost: Contact for Details

Where:
HILTON PHILADELPHIA AT PENN'S LANDING
201 SOUTH COLUMBUS BLVD
PHILADELPHIA, PA  19106
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Take a journey inside one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history. Silent, steadfast, and secret, an army of more than 8,000 terracotta figures stood guard over the tomb of...

Cost: Daytime: Adult $35 Child (3-11) $30, Evening: Adult $20 Child (3-11) $15

Where:
The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Are you interested in learning about Pennsylvania's new medical cannabis program? Curious to see if you have one of the 17 conditions that will qualify you for a medical cannabis card? Join us...

Cost: Free

Where:
One Art Community Center
1431-39 N 52nd St
Philadelphia, PA  19131
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Sponsor: Smokin' Hot Solutions
Telephone: 215-218-1555
Contact Name: Claudia Post
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  Discover Holy Child Academy's programs for nursery to eighth grade students. We invite prospective families to visit Holy Child Academy during the evening  and discover how...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Holy Child Academy
475 Shadeland Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA  19026
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Sponsor: Holy Child Academy
Telephone: 610-259-2712
Contact Name: Rebecca Kellich
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Are you sick of your reading glasses? Come find out how we can help improve your near vision with a quick and easy procedure called Raindrop Near Vision Inlay. Meet a previous patient (who loves...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Siepser Laser Eyecare
860 E. Swedesford Road
Wayne, PA  19087
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Sponsor: Siepser Laser Eyecare
Telephone: 610-265-2020
Contact Name: Tara O'Donnell
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The Manayunk Development Corporation is partnering with Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania to bring you WHOLE MONTH of delicious cookies beginning with a kick-off event on February 3rd! Get first...

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street Manayunk
Manayunk
Philadelphia , PA  19127
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Sponsor: Girl Scouts of Eastern PA and Manayunk Development Corporation
Telephone: (215) 482-9565
Contact Name: Kelsi Druck
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Enjoy an evening of music by a duo of Astral performers featuring Zlatomir Fung, cello, and Ronaldo Rolim, piano. Museum opens at 6 p.m. Performance begins at 7 p.m.

Cost: $12 members, $15 non-members, and $8 students through Wednesday, February 21. Pr

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
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The annual fundraising banquet to support YoungLives of the Delaware Valley -- a unique non-profit Christian organization designed to EMPOWER and EQUIP teen moms to become productive citizens in...

Cost: No cost to attend. Free will donation.

Where:
Sheraton Valley Forge
480 N. Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA  19406
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Sponsor: Young Lives of Delaware Valley
Telephone: 484-947-1429
Contact Name: Debbie Perkins
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A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen Directed by Terrence J. Nolen  On the Arcadia Stage JANUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018    Nora and Torvald are living their dream...

Cost: Adults: Starting at $37 Teens: $15 Kids: $15

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: Arden Theatre Company
Telephone: (215)922-1122
Website »

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Humming? Not allowed. Singing? Even worse. Dancing? Absolutely not! Not in this musical. A town once set to the tune of adventure and merriment suddenly goes silent, hidden away behind a wall -...

Cost: $15 ($17 at door); Under 12/Seniors - $12 ($14 at door)

Where:
Venice Island Performing Arts Center
7 Lock Street
Philadelphia, PA  19127
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Sponsor: Yes! And... Collaborative Arts
Telephone: 215-278-4264
Contact Name: Michael Brix
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This conceptual and inspirational homage to feminist performance artists—from Anna Halprin to Janine Antoni—plays on the body as a canvas for social change, rebellion, and personal...

Cost: $15 - $29

Where:
FringeArts
140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: FringeArts
Telephone: 215-413-1318
Contact Name: Hallie Martenson
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Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is an American hip hop group from the Glenville section of Cleveland, Ohio. They are best known for their fast-paced rapping style and harmonizing vocals. In 1997, the group...

Cost: $39 - $54

Where:
Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA  19003
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Sponsor: Ardmore Music Hall
Telephone: 610-649-8389
Contact Name: Ardmore Music Hall
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With a style ranging through country, blues, Southern soul, roots rock, Western swing, jazz, and adult contemporary pop, Shelby Lynne has found herself embraced not by the country mainstream,...

Cost: $30 Advance / $35 Day of Show / $45 Seated

Where:
Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA  19003
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Sponsor: Ardmore Music Hall
Telephone: 610-649-8389
Contact Name: Ardmore Music Hall
Website »

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Get your glitter on and your heels high for STARMEN, a glam rock variety show featuring burlesque, circus arts, and cabaret at Tabu in Philadelphia on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018.  ...

Cost: $10

Where:
Tabu
200 S. 12th Street
200 S. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Telephone: 323-401-6664
Contact Name: Greta Grenade
Website »

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For over 100 years, Linvilla Orchards has been offering its neighbors the finest field-fresh produce. Now customers have the opportunity to stock up and enjoy an abundance of vegetables at a 50%...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »

More information

For over 100 years, Linvilla Orchards has been offering its neighbors the finest field-fresh produce. Now customers have the opportunity to stock up and enjoy an abundance of vegetables at a 50%...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
Linvilla Orchards 137 West Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »

More information

Linvilla Orchard’s ‘Fore! The Planet’ is a highly interactive and playful museum exhibit created by the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia! This exhibition pairs...

Cost: $6.95 Adults, $5.95 children

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »

More information

The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

More information

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

The National Constitution Center’s Winter Warm Up sale will run January 2 through March 31, 2018. For just $10 for adults (usually $14.50) and $7.50 for youth ages 6-18 (usually $11),...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

Throughout February, the Constitution Center will host a variety of programs in honor of African American History Month. Visitors can explore the museum’s The Story of We the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

The National Constitution Center’s partners at the Federal Judges Association and the Federal Bar Association are sponsoring an essay contest for high school students!  The contest asks...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

More information

To honor February’s American Heart Month, Bernie Robbins Jeweler’s will be offering an exclusive commemorative heart pendant necklace with 100% of the proceeds directly benefiting...

Cost: $50.00

Where:
: Any Bernie Robbins Location (Villanova, PA; Newt
, PA


Telephone: 215.627.1060
Contact Name: Jill Asher
Website »

More information

Friendship, love, desire: Keith Smith’s life is an open book. For five decades, the artist has used surprising combinations of materials to chronicle his experiences. In this exhibition,...

Cost: $0-20

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
View map »

More information

From Pop Art and psychedelia to the civil rights and anti-war movements, the 1960s was a decade of liberation—and of great loss. See how designers, artists, and architects responded...

Cost: $0-20

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
View map »

More information

Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia...

Cost: $15.95 and up

Where:
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel Universi
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »


Telephone: 215-299-1043
Contact Name: Carolyn Belardo
Website »

More information

Join us in the Gerry Lenfest Gallery for a multi-media installation by photographer Winifred Helton-Harmon. Curated by Ricardo Viera, Professor of Art at Lehigh University and Director of Lehigh...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-923-8000
Contact Name: Katie Sorenson
Website »

More information

Creature Feature, an exhibition juried by Brad Hagmayer, Garth Herrick and Martha Perkins that features artistic interpretations of the theme “creature” using any conceptual framework...

Cost: free

Where:
Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA  19086
View map »


Telephone: 610-604-9604
Contact Name: Andrea DiFabio
Website »

More information

On Fridays in February, starting at 10:30 AM, New Horizons offers "Game Day" to provide relaxing, congenial game playing for senior adults 55 and over. The focus is on enjoying playing,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
New Horizons Senior Center
100 Conway Avenue
2nd Floor
Narberth, PA  19072
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Be dazzled by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites most opulent artifacts with Gilded: Objects of Luxury. See Bohemian gold-enameled glassware, sterling silver tableware, mercury glass, Count...

Cost: See website for more information

Where:
Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street
Bethlehem, PA  18018
View map »


Telephone: 610-882-0450
Website »

More information

Four badass women try not to lose their their heads in this irreverent, rebellious comedy set during the French Revolution. Amidst the Reign of Terror, four renegades—an assassin, a spy, a...

Cost: $15-35

Where:
Theatre Horizon
401 DeKalb St
Norristown, PA  19401
View map »

More information

Take a journey inside one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history. Silent, steadfast, and secret, an army of more than 8,000 terracotta figures stood guard over the tomb of...

Cost: Daytime: Adult $35 Child (3-11) $30, Evening: Adult $20 Child (3-11) $15

Where:
The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

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Philadelphia’s dinosaur museum is open late tonight with pay-as you-wish admission, a beer garden with food in Dinosaur Hall, live animal presentations, and fun hands-on activities. From...

Cost: Suggested Donation $10

Where:
The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Community Arts Center’s Friday Night Live spring concert series opens with a celebration of the music of Johnny Cash by local musicians and artists on February 23rd. The live music and art...

Cost: $15, $10

Where:
Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA  19086
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Telephone: 610-604-9604
Contact Name: Andrea DiFabio
Website »

More information

A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen Directed by Terrence J. Nolen  On the Arcadia Stage JANUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018    Nora and Torvald are living their dream...

Cost: Adults: Starting at $37 Teens: $15 Kids: $15

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Arden Theatre Company
Telephone: (215)922-1122
Website »

More information

Humming? Not allowed. Singing? Even worse. Dancing? Absolutely not! Not in this musical. A town once set to the tune of adventure and merriment suddenly goes silent, hidden away behind a wall -...

Cost: $15 ($17 at door); Under 12/Seniors - $12 ($14 at door)

Where:
Venice Island Performing Arts Center
7 Lock Street
Philadelphia, PA  19127
View map »


Sponsor: Yes! And... Collaborative Arts
Telephone: 215-278-4264
Contact Name: Michael Brix
Website »

More information

The Drexel University Chamber Singers will host a night of madrigals, chansons, jesters, jugglers, sword fights and a toast to the Queen, at this year’s 28th Annual Madrigal Dinners. This...

Cost: $14.95-21.95

Where:
Great Court in Drexel University's Main Building
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Sponsor: Drexel University's Department of Performing Arts
Telephone: 215-895-1275
Contact Name: Megan Tomey
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Far Pines LIVE at Burlap and Bean, the region's premier live music venue!

Cost: $12/$15

Where:
Burlap and Bean
204 S. Newtown Street Rd.
Newtown Square, PA  19073
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Sponsor: Burlap and Bean
Telephone: (484) 427-4547
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A multi-generational ensemble of women performs movement, song, and text influenced by dystopian folklore, speculative fiction, Igbo cosmology, and the futures and commodities markets. Bessie...

Cost: $20 General Admission $18 Seniors (65+) $10 Students with ID $5 Kids 12 & Under

Where:
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall
150 North Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA  19010
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Sponsor: Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Program
Telephone: 610-526-5210
Contact Name: Angela Dowdy
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This conceptual and inspirational homage to feminist performance artists—from Anna Halprin to Janine Antoni—plays on the body as a canvas for social change, rebellion, and personal...

Cost: $15 - $29

Where:
FringeArts
140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: FringeArts
Telephone: 215-413-1318
Contact Name: Hallie Martenson
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American singer-songwriter, pianist & guitarist. Prior to her solo career, she sang vocals for the Chicago funk band Bumpus. Known for her soul baring, gut punching songs of love lost,...

Cost: $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show / $32 Seated

Where:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA  19003
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Sponsor: Ardmore Music Hall
Telephone: 610-649-8389
Contact Name: Ardmore Music Hall
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For over 100 years, Linvilla Orchards has been offering its neighbors the finest field-fresh produce. Now customers have the opportunity to stock up and enjoy an abundance of vegetables at a 50%...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
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Linvilla Orchard’s ‘Fore! The Planet’ is a highly interactive and playful museum exhibit created by the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia! This exhibition pairs...

Cost: $6.95 Adults, $5.95 children

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
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About the To Be Wed Workshop The 'To Be Wed Workshop' is an all-day interactive workshop for engaged couples, their families, and anyone involved in the wedding planning process. The...

Cost: $35

Where:
Studio 239
329 East Market Street
West Chester, PA  19382
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Sponsor: Table 1 Events
Telephone: 484-250-3771
Contact Name: Lauren Schmitz
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For over 100 years, Linvilla Orchards has been offering its neighbors the finest field-fresh produce. Now customers have the opportunity to stock up and enjoy an abundance of vegetables at a 50%...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
Linvilla Orchards 137 West Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
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The National Constitution Center’s partners at the Federal Judges Association and the Federal Bar Association are sponsoring an essay contest for high school students!  The contest asks...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

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Friendship, love, desire: Keith Smith’s life is an open book. For five decades, the artist has used surprising combinations of materials to chronicle his experiences. In this exhibition,...

Cost: $0-20

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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To honor February’s American Heart Month, Bernie Robbins Jeweler’s will be offering an exclusive commemorative heart pendant necklace with 100% of the proceeds directly benefiting...

Cost: $50.00

Where:
: Any Bernie Robbins Location (Villanova, PA; Newt
, PA


Telephone: 215.627.1060
Contact Name: Jill Asher
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Our helpful Garden Center Staff will guide you as you build your very own succulent or cactus container Garden. Class includes your choice of 3 plants, soil, stones and a beautiful planter. Call...

Cost: $35

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
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Telephone: (610) 876-7116
Contact Name: Linvilla Orchards
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Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia...

Cost: $15.95 and up

Where:
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel Universi
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1043
Contact Name: Carolyn Belardo
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From Pop Art and psychedelia to the civil rights and anti-war movements, the 1960s was a decade of liberation—and of great loss. See how designers, artists, and architects responded...

Cost: $0-20

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Creature Feature, an exhibition juried by Brad Hagmayer, Garth Herrick and Martha Perkins that features artistic interpretations of the theme “creature” using any conceptual framework...

Cost: free

Where:
Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA  19086
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Telephone: 610-604-9604
Contact Name: Andrea DiFabio
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Join us in the Gerry Lenfest Gallery for a multi-media installation by photographer Winifred Helton-Harmon. Curated by Ricardo Viera, Professor of Art at Lehigh University and Director of Lehigh...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-923-8000
Contact Name: Katie Sorenson
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Be dazzled by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites most opulent artifacts with Gilded: Objects of Luxury. See Bohemian gold-enameled glassware, sterling silver tableware, mercury glass, Count...

Cost: See website for more information

Where:
Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street
Bethlehem, PA  18018
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Telephone: 610-882-0450
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The Delaware County Symphony in collaboration with the Haverford Township Free Library invite all families to a free Instrument Petting Zoo for children. Nine classically...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Haverford Township Free Library
1601 Darby Road
Havertown, PA  19083
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Sponsor: Haverford Public Library
Telephone: 610-446-3082
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Four badass women try not to lose their their heads in this irreverent, rebellious comedy set during the French Revolution. Amidst the Reign of Terror, four renegades—an assassin, a spy, a...

Cost: $15-35

Where:
Theatre Horizon
401 DeKalb St
Norristown, PA  19401
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Join us at The Radnor Hotel for the Main Line Bridal Event, where you'll find everything you need to make your wedding fantasies a reality. The Main Line Bridal Event features carefully...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Radnor Hotel
591 E. Lancaster Ave
St. Davids, PA  19087
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Telephone: 610-341-3500
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Morris Animal Refuge is so excited to co-host another set of Puppy Yoga sessions with Amrita Yoga & Wellness! What better way to help relieve stress and practice self-care than pairing...

Cost: $25

Where:
Amrita Yoga & Wellness
1204 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19125
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Sponsor: Morris Animal Refuge and Amrita Yoga & Wellness
Telephone: 610-724-8026
Contact Name: Sophie

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Take a journey inside one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history. Silent, steadfast, and secret, an army of more than 8,000 terracotta figures stood guard over the tomb of...

Cost: Daytime: Adult $35 Child (3-11) $30, Evening: Adult $20 Child (3-11) $15

Where:
The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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The 22nd annual HRC Greater Philadelphia Gala will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Our gala draws over 500 guests each year, many of whom are local...

Cost: $200.00

Where:
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia , PA  19107
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Sponsor: The Human Rights Campaign of Greater Philadelphia
Contact Name: the Human Rights Campaign of Greater Philadelphia
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Humming? Not allowed. Singing? Even worse. Dancing? Absolutely not! Not in this musical. A town once set to the tune of adventure and merriment suddenly goes silent, hidden away behind a wall -...

Cost: $15 ($17 at door); Under 12/Seniors - $12 ($14 at door)

Where:
Venice Island Performing Arts Center
7 Lock Street
Philadelphia, PA  19127
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Sponsor: Yes! And... Collaborative Arts
Telephone: 215-278-4264
Contact Name: Michael Brix
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A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen Directed by Terrence J. Nolen  On the Arcadia Stage JANUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018    Nora and Torvald are living their dream...

Cost: Adults: Starting at $37 Teens: $15 Kids: $15

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: Arden Theatre Company
Telephone: (215)922-1122
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Join us for the 8th Annual “Party for the Market!” In celebration of the Reading Terminal Market’s 125th birthday, we’re taking attendees back in time to the year 1893 to...

Cost: $175

Where:
Reading Terminal Market
51 N 12 St
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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Telephone: 215-922-2317
Contact Name: Sarah Levitsky

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The Drexel University Chamber Singers will host a night of madrigals, chansons, jesters, jugglers, sword fights and a toast to the Queen, at this year’s 28th Annual Madrigal Dinners. This...

Cost: $14.95-21.95

Where:
Great Court in Drexel University's Main Building
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Sponsor: Drexel University's Department of Performing Arts
Telephone: 215-895-1275
Contact Name: Megan Tomey
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This conceptual and inspirational homage to feminist performance artists—from Anna Halprin to Janine Antoni—plays on the body as a canvas for social change, rebellion, and personal...

Cost: $15 - $29

Where:
FringeArts
140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: FringeArts
Telephone: 215-413-1318
Contact Name: Hallie Martenson
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A multi-generational ensemble of women performs movement, song, and text influenced by dystopian folklore, speculative fiction, Igbo cosmology, and the futures and commodities markets. Bessie...

Cost: $20 General Admission $18 Seniors (65+) $10 Students with ID $5 Kids 12 & Under

Where:
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall
150 North Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA  19010
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Sponsor: Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Program
Telephone: 610-526-5210
Contact Name: Angela Dowdy
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